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Both In Bloom

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by Bryan Costales external link

Both of our Lionheart Lilies were in bloom. There were a few buds still unopened, but those that had opened were bold and dramatic.

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Covered A Field

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by Bryan Costales external link

A field of wild grass filled a field next to the road through Wildlife Safari in Winston, Oregon.

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Near Sidewalk

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by Bryan Costales external link

A galvanized bucket had been set down on the sidewalk in advance of a firework display. It was partly filled with water and provided a safe place to discard spent fireworks.

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Short Video

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by Bryan Costales external link

A short video of brief segments caught by a critter camera of our bird bath and fountain located in the Raised Garden beside our home. Several species of birds were captured over several days.

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Loaded A Rocket

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by Bryan Costales external link

Brandon loaded a small rocket into a metal stand. He prepared to launch it for the amazement of all the folks present that evening.

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More Flowers

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by Bryan Costales external link

More flowers grew on one of our Scarlet Runner Bean plants. Those flowers stuck out from a cedar lattice attached to a ceder 2x4 board.

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Like Golden Bronze

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by Bryan Costales external link

The spent flowers, leaves, and stems had turned a golden bronze for the summer.

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Tall With Flowers

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by Bryan Costales external link

One of the Hen And Chicks plants grew a tall stalk with pink flowers at its tip.

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Full Of Flowers

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by Bryan Costales external link

One the SunPatiens® Paradise Pink flowers began to bloom, they became covered with those flowers.

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Was Yellow

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by Bryan Costales external link

This Euphorbia plant was covered in delicate yellow flowers during the spring. Now, mid summer, it had turned brown in contrast to the green behind it.

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First Flowers

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by Bryan Costales external link

The first flowers appeared on a Scarlet Runner Bean plant climbing a lattice in our raised garden bed.

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Instructed Oliver

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by Bryan Costales external link

Brandon instructed his son Oliver in the correct way to position a firework on a manhole cover in the middle of the street.

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Curved

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by Bryan Costales external link

Another of the Hen And Chicks plants also grew a tall stalk. This stalk curved toward the sun and, at its tip, was a suggestion of future flowers.

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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis californicus)

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by Terry Costales

Pelican posed aboard an old fishing boat.

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Killdeer eggs

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by Terry Costales

This was the second killdeer nest I'd found. The first one was on gravel and this one on flowerbed mulch. Both times the nests were easily overlooked and the eggs hard to spot.

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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis )

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by Terry Costales

This is a close-up of the same Pelican I posted yesterday,

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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)

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by Terry Costales

Here is a view of a pelican you don't usually see. A head on view of its enormous bill.

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Raft of Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris)

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by Terry Costales

For an unforgettable wildlife experience, I highly recommend the Elkhorn Slough Safari in Moss Landing. We saw over one hundred sea otters, almost eighty harbor seals and dozens of sea lions very up close and personal. This photo shows a raft of about eighty sea otters. Raft is the official label for a bunch of otters hanging out together, looking like a raft. In addition to sea mammals, I also photographed sixteen species of birds. The trip was two hours of wildlife bliss. There were a few . . .

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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis )

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by Terry Costales

It surprises me that a big bird like a Pelican can fly so effortlessly.

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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)

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by Terry Costales

Prehistoric looking pelicans sun and preen in the winter sun.

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Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

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by Terry Costales

After the boat trip on Elkhorn Slough, we stopped by nearby Moss Landing State Beach and saw this marvelous Great Blue Heron. It may have been a member of the breeding colony we saw from the earlier boat trip.

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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis californicus)

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by Terry Costales

A large group of pelicans were perched on the fish processing equipment.

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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)

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by Terry Costales

It was beautiful day in Santa Cruz and I had been photographing the sea lions when this pelican landed a few feet away on the pier railing. If there was ever a compelling visual argument for birds being the modern descendants of dinosaurs, it's the pelican. I could easily imagine them flying just out of reach above the snapping jaws of some aquatic sea monster.

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Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)

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by Terry Costales

The pelican glides effortlessly over the surface of the sea.

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Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)

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by Terry Costales

This photo shows a sea lion swimming in the late afternoon sunlight beneath the wharf in Santa Cruz. Lovely light on a lovely animal.

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